Benjamin S. West's Crowd Violence in American Modernist Fiction: Lynchings, PDF

By Benjamin S. West

This examine explores various depictions of crowd violence, literal and figurative, present in American Modernist fiction, and exhibits the methods crowd violence is used as a literary trope to envision problems with racial, gender, nationwide, and sophistication id in this interval. Modernist writers regularly hire scenes and photographs of crowd violence to teach the methods such violence is used to outline and implement person id in American tradition. James Weldon Johnson, William Faulkner, Richard Wright, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and John Steinbeck, for instance, depict various contributors as sufferers of crowd violence and different crowd pressures, normally simply because they've got transgressed opposed to normative social criteria. in particular vital is the best way that racially influenced lynching, and the illustration of such lynchings in African American literature and tradition, turns into a noteworthy concentration of canonical Modernist fiction composed via white authors.

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